Critics may be getting hot and bothered this week over the premiere of Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno, but the current list of cameos by adult film stars in mainstream cinema is already as long as Dirk Diggler’s flesh sabre.

With the internet floodgate opening wide, porn has found a way into the rooms and lives of anyone that knows how to click a mouse, assuming that is what you’re doing when you watch it. Add the fact that over a quarter of home-video revenue comes from the adult film industry at 4.2 billion dollars a year, and it’s not too difficult to see why porn stars are becoming household names.

So why put porn stars into films? Well, for starters it gives a director a sense of street credibility. Spike Lee dropped some adult film knowledge on hoop enthusiasts by putting Vivid girls Chasey Lain and Jill Kelly in He Got Game, leading all Catholics watching the film to whisper Hail Marys when considering that the two co-eds would scream, “Jesus!” while sandwiched between Ray Allen.

Rob Zombie is no stranger to controversy, so it was only natural to have Ginger Lynn nail a clown in The Devil’s Rejects. In fact, I’d have been disappointed if he didn’t have her in that film. I wasn’t old enough to ever see any of her films, but she carries a reputation that, well, let’s just say is worth a mouthful.

Another reason to place porn stars in prominent roles is a pretty simple one, they fit the part. Peter Berg killed off his adult film starlet, Kobe Tai, who played a stripper in Very Bad Things, the Coen Brothers dropped Mensa member Asia Carrera into The Big Lebowski as a, wait for it, porn star, and Juli Ashton made jaws drop in Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Orgazmo as a … porn star. My question is – why wouldn’t you want to put an adult film star in these roles? Would you cast Cedric the Entertainer to be in a basketball movie? No, you’d cast Michael Jordan, the greatest baller of all-time. So it only makes sense when it comes to sex you’d also cast the greatest ballers of all-time Okay, some idiotic director may cast Cedric the Entertainer, but not me. Kevin Smith understands this idea, it’s why he cast Katie Morgan and classic porn star Traci Lords in Zack and Miri. Both actresses have made their rounds … in mainstream film and television. Morgan recently appeared on “Entourage” and Lords deserves a paragraph of her own. So let’s give it to her. Damn, everything comes out sexual doesn’t it?

Traci Lords may be one of the most taboo adult film stars, and I use the term adult very loosely. The majority of her porn films were made while Traci was underage. However, you can check her out in a plethora of cameos and major roles alike. Lords’ most famous film cameo previously was probably as a vampiress in Blade, but she is better known for her role in John Waters’s Cry-Baby and her television run. She’s been on “MacGyver”, “Married with Children” (a guest starring appearance I saw when I was a child and may very well have been my first awkward moment), “Gilmore Girls”, “Will and Grace”, “Roseanne”, and “Melrose Place”. She may have been an adult film queen in the 80s but she has shaken that title, also stepping into the music scene. Adult film star or not, she also is one of the prettiest women I have ever seen.

Some adult film stars have become so popular that they’ve had documentaries made about them. Ron Jeremy, the star of such classic adult film titles as Honey We Blew up Your Pussy 2, defies all rules of attraction with his ability to get laid. He also ranks in the top tier of porn stars who have made cameos. Consider this, Jeremy has been in Boondock Saints, Ronin (his scenes didn’t make the cut), Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, Orgazmo, and is set to show up in Whore (which Transformers’ Megan Fox appears in) and Crank 2 with another porn star, Jenna Haze. It’s only a matter of time before “The Hedgehog”, as Jeremy has been nicknamed, makes his way into a Pixar film.

And whether you’re an adult film-watcher or not, you have to know who Jenna Jameson is. Her role in Howard Stern’s Private Parts ranks as one of the most tantalizing cameos ever. Jameson is perhaps the most recognizable figure in adult film and is set on making her way to mainstream cinema. Imagine that, you can watch Jenna without having to lock your bedroom door! And you said miracles don’t happen. Tsk Tsk.

It seems only logical to loosen up a bit and accept the fact that adult film stars are making more cameos now than Adam Sandler is making bad films. Let’s face it, America is conflicted about it, but no other subject sells as much as sex. It’s everywhere and whether we want to admit it or not, we love it. And look on the bright side, if you’re not comfortable watching an adult film you can always get an appetizer by watching the biggest names in porn show up in some of your favorite mainstream masterpieces. And don’t be afraid to point out that you know who they are. The time where you had to pretend you didn’t watch porn is disappearing. Hopefully it will be replaced with a healthy helping of intelligent discussion, an ability to accept sexuality for what it is, and an understanding that you can’t stop the rise of adult stars making their break into the mainstream. Sit back, relax, and enjoy it. You will later tonight anyway.


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